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    Hungry on non-workout days???

    I do hope this is the right forum to ask this in. I did try a search, and basically just learned I'm backwards lol

    I train fasted 99% of the time. 3x a week I do a fully body workout, primarily compound exercises. Immediately following that I do 20 min kickboxing and a weighted ab workout. If I'm feeling particularly ambitious I'll throw in some seated rows and wrist curls.

    On my workout days I'm not hungry. I trained yesterday and when it came time for dinner I had nearly 1000 Cal to eat. My daily target is just over 1600 Cal, regardless of the day I eat the same. I usually come in within 100-200 cal under and my macros generally have the same kind of spread. On non-workout days I find myself really hungry, quite often in fact. I'm wondering if it's just because I don't eat into my caloric deficit on my workout days or if there is something else going on? The most bizarre thing is if I go do an activity which raises my heart rate into the higher end of the fat burning zone, my hunger significantly decrease or go away altogether. I'm not going to complain about exercise being a natural appetite suppressant for me, that would just be silly, but I would really like to know why it's happening.

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    I'm the same exact way.


    I absolutely can't comprehend anybody that says "OMG I'm starving after my workout" and yadda yadda, if I walk in to the gym starving I'll leave and can go the rest of the day without eating. (Has happened numerous times before)

    For us, training destroys hunger. When we don't train, we are very hungry.

    If you meet your weekly deficit, and make progress slowly and sufficiently I don't think there is a problem.

    Make sure you are getting micronutrients and fiber and minimums for protein and fat daily though.


    1600 cals is stupidly low... That's less calories than my breakfast.... Also you say "I usually come in under that" which is really concerning. What are your stats?
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    Originally Posted by DGMan99 View Post
    I'm the same exact way.


    I absolutely can't comprehend anybody that says "OMG I'm starving after my workout" and yadda yadda, if I walk in to the gym starving I'll leave and can go the rest of the day without eating. (Has happened numerous times before)

    For us, training destroys hunger. When we don't train, we are very hungry.

    If you meet your weekly deficit, and make progress slowly and sufficiently I don't think there is a problem.

    Make sure you are getting micronutrients and fiber and minimums for protein and fat daily though.


    1600 cals is stupidly low... That's less calories than my breakfast.... Also you say "I usually come in under that" which is really concerning. What are your stats?
    It's nice to know I'm not the only one...


    I chronically didn't eat enough for years. I've been slowly increasing my caloric intake every few weeks over the past 6 wks or so. During that time I've lost 3.5lbs and 3.5% BF. I'm not trying to starve myself. My macros I aim to hit around 110g carbs 65g fat and 150g protein. When I come in under it's quite often with carbs. It isn't for lack of trying to hit them, I just eat food that isn't high in carbs.
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    Originally Posted by DGMan99 View Post
    1600 cals is stupidly low...
    not really...
    44y/o, 5'6'', 160lbs woman= 1400cal BMR

    with 3x60minute exercise/wk= 1850-1900cal TDEE

    1850cal*0.85 (ie 15% deficit)= 1573cal/day
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    Originally Posted by chemo29 View Post
    not really...
    44y/o, 5'6'', 160lbs woman= 1400cal BMR

    with 3x60minute exercise/wk= 1850-1900cal TDEE

    1850cal*0.85 (ie 15% deficit)= 1573cal/day
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    My son is the same way OP. Cant eat for hours after training, many times with lasting reduced hunger. Mysteries of the human body. There has been some study into this. You can do a search on google scholar.

    Im the opposite, always hungry after training. Nothing can suppres my ghrelin

    I think as long as you arent way under your calorie target its no biggie. You can look at your whole week as well as just 1 day. If you were worried about going too low, if say you were trying to gain some weight, you could try eating more in the time period before training
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    Thank you for your responses.

    I train fasted because I can't eat first thing in the morning... normally when I'm done I have a shake just because I know that it's going to be hours before I have something solid and it's easy to take the fluid.

    I've got a fitbit and also track with myfitnesspal, but I don't let it do the offset thing it just becomes confusing to me.

    I'll definitely try a scholar search for it. There's so much bad information floating about, and "studies" which are questionable at best, if I find something I may have to come back and ask for opinions lol. I know just about enough to be dangerous!

    I thought it might be boredom or lack of water, but nothing seems to change it. It's good to know I'm not the only one though.
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    What exactly do you want to know? Simply eat your required calories for the day, when it's convenient for you.
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    I just wanted to make sure there wasn't something else I needed to pay attention to since I don't get hungry on workout days but I am very hungry on non-workout days.
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    you're good, keep tracking cals and weight

    your cal intake average over 4-5 days is much more relevant than punctual 24h observations anyway
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    Originally Posted by chemo29 View Post
    you're good, keep tracking cals and weight

    your cal intake average over 4-5 days is much more relevant than punctual 24h observations anyway
    Thank you I appreciate your time
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